Lismore off to a flying start

LISMORE is off to a great start in Far North Coast Under-19 interdistrict cricket after a win over Casino yesterday.

With the other scheduled match washed out, it puts Lismore in the box seat to qualify for the final between the two leading teams on March 7.

In the match at Oakes Oval yesterday, Lismore (144) defeated Casino (69).

Players were on and off the field between showers in the morning as Ben Cooper (25), Nick De Giusti (24) and Jeremy Cowin (22) ensured the home team would post something to defend.

Jay Wotherspoon cleaned up the tail to finish with 5-29. Brendan Maguire (2-29) and Harley Wright (2-22) also did well with the ball for Casino.

In reply, the visitors struggled against the Lismore spinners on an Oakes Oval wicket that had little preparation time after the Super 14 rugby trial the previous week.

Jake Nind took 5-19 from seven overs with his leg-spinners and De Giusti chipped in with 2-12 from five overs of off-spin.

Brodie Allen top-scored for Casino with 15.

The other match, between Ballina and Tweed was called off due to rain making the pitch and field at Fripp Oval unplayable.




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